Muslims Being Vilified In Canada’s Political Debates: NDP

Muslims are often the scapegoats in political debates, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said Wednesday.

“There is a vilification that is happening,” Mulcair told reporters. “I have been doing federal politics for years, and for years I have seen that Muslims are often the scapegoats in political debates. And that, I find it heartbreaking.”

Mulcair was responding to a question about whether the NDP supports the Conservative government’s decision to appeal a court ruling on niqabs – a face covering that some Muslim women wear. The court threw out a 2011 ban that the Tories imposed on the wearing of niqabs during citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has firmly denounced the Conservatives’ decision to appeal the ruling. Wednesday, he told reporters Prime Minister Stephen Harper was playing a “very divisive game” where he was sowing discord against certain citizens. Mulcair, on the other hand, said the NDP agree with the court’s decision to reverse the ban but respects the government’s right to appeal.

“It’s a question of rights and freedoms,” Mulcair said Wednesday. “The government’s appealing it, but as far as we’re concerned, the Federal Court got it right.”

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Suicide watch death sparks $12.5 million lawsuit against hospital

The family of a Brampton man who killed himself while under suicide watch at a hospital filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against the William Osler Health System Wednesday.

At a news conference Wednesday, Prashant Tiwari’s father and brother said they still don’t have answers about the 20-year-old’s death in June.
“In terms of not knowing what happened, it’s frustrating. It’s extremely aggravating,” said Gautam Tiwari, Prashant’s 18-year-old brother, with tears in his eyes.

Prashant died after hanging himself in a bathroom at the Brampton Civic Hospital 10 days after he voluntarily admitted himself into the psychiatric unit. Staff were supposed to check on him every 15 minutes but Prashant was left him alone for nearly three hours, his family says.

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A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news:

Sun “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation, aka Harper TV, aka Scum Spews is finally shutting down due to a shortage of viewers.  I just hope that Stevie Harper doesn’t bail them out with our taxpayer dollars as part of his Conservative Action Adscam Plan to win the next election. I wouldn’t put it past that scheming, thieving piece of shit. He played a hand in setting up the channel in the first place.

It’s comforting to know there still aren’t enough far-right, ignorant, bigoted, self-hating traitors in Canada to keep the racist, anti-gay, sexist, anti-Muslim, extreme capitalist, warmongering, borderline fascist, lying, Conservative Party propaganda station in business. Sun pumped out lies and hate like a state media operation in a totalitarian regime, and Canadians logically stayed away in droves.

It sucks that the tech people, receptionist, office staff, cleaning staff, etc. will lose their jobs there, but I have no tears for the wealthy, self-important, right-wing talking heads and executives who will be losing their bully pulpit and source of income. They have been hurting Canada for much too long. 

For the self-interested jerks or naive people who whine about losing an “alternative” viewpoint from Canada’s media landscape, I say bullshit! There’s nothing “progressive” about taking that nonsensical weak-assed stance. The conservative capitalist viewpoint is still front and center at Global TV (which recently killed an already-produced segment that was critical of the American Koch brothers’ domination of the Alberta tarsands), CTV (where Mike Duffy helped get the Conservatives elected), the Harper-managed CBC, and most other mainstream media outlets in Canada.

There is no major left-wing voice in Canadian mainstream media, so the argument that Sun provided a balance is a non-starter. Even the Toronto Star follows the pro-capitalist, pro-globalization script that is set by the Conservative and Liberal parties, and is blatantly biased against the NDP (who are barely left of centre as it is). In Canada’s mainstream media, including the Star, any economic positions that are to the left of the NDP are either ignored, ridiculed or used in dishonest, cynical ploys to trash the NDP in favour of the right-of-centre Liberals.

To all the Sun “News” Network fans having conniption fits over this, I will paraphrase one of your senile loudmouth heroes, Don Cherry: put that in your pipe you right-wing kooks!

Tomorrow is the end of the penny.

Starting tomorrow stores across Canada will be encouraged to begin rounding the totals given to customers. This only applies if you pay with cash - using debit or credit won’t be affected.

If the total comes to .01 or .02, it will be rounded down to .00. If it comes to .03 or .04, if will be rounded up to .05.

While the penny will retain its value indefinitely  some stores may stop accepting the penny as legal tender, and it’s totally up to them to do so.

Canadians can bring their pennies to banks to redeem them for other forms of cash. They are also encouraged to roll them up and donate them to charity.

Stephen Harper announces $22.5M to boost inoculation programs in poorer countries

Stephen Harper announced $22.5 million in additional funding for inoculation programs in some of the world’s poorest countries, and castigated Canadians who refuse to vaccinate their kids.

The prime minister announced the new funding — $20 million to strengthen immunity to polio and up to $2.5 million over two years to help eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus — during an event Wednesday with billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

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The most moving photos from funeral for RCMP officers killed in Moncton, N.B.

On June 10, 2014, Canada laid to rest the three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who were killed in an altercation with a gunman in Moncton, N.B. on June 4. Constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Dave Joseph Ross and Douglas James Larche were remembered by their families, their brothers and sisters in the RCMP, many of Canada’s top politicians and hundreds of other Canadians in one of the largest police funerals ever held in Canada.

(Photos by Mark Blinch/REUTERS (2) Christinne Muschi/REUTERS (2))

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So almost everytime I go downtown I see this man, he always has this shopping cart, and I’ve always wanted to take his picture for tumblr, but was always too shy to ask. This morning I found this photo and this caption on Facebook, I love it :)
“Michael is a person without a home in Kamloops. I wanted to capture his humanity.
It was the easiest assignment I ever had.

I was downtown taking photographs of the AJAX Mine demonstration. I had been hoping to capture some great shots of the group protesting, but the mood at the scene was…limp to say the least.

“Hey Mike,” said the By-law officer, “keeping out of trouble?”

“Always do,” he responded.

Mike was pushing a red shopping cart with a sign on the front that read:

Wisdom is not realizing the preciousness of something when it is gone.

Wisdom is recognizing the preciousness of what we have.

God Bless You.

He walked away as I continued to snap pictures of the protest.

Later on our paths crossed again.

"Pardon me, Mike is it?” I asked.

We stood at the corner of third and Victoria for a moment and I asked him if I could walk with him for a while. He agreed and we walked up third to Seymour Street and talked about the day.

Mike is a person without permanent housing in Kamloops, previously he lived in Winnipeg and Toronto, where he arrived nearly 40 years ago after leaving Ireland.

“I got myself into a bit of trouble back home, ya know? So I thought I’d come here and make a fresh start.”

Arriving in Toronto he said that he noticed how clean the city was for being so large.

“I loved Young Street.”

He spent a few years in Winnipeg but found the Winters to be far too cold for his lifestyle and ended up in Kamloops eight or nine years ago.

“It’s getting warm again! I love the weather here,” he said.

On the corner of third and Seymour a man approached us and asked us for directions. Without hesitating, Mike gave the gentleman directions. He knew exactly where the man wanted to travel to, somewhere in lower Sahali.

As we walked down Seymour towards 2nd ave Mike and I talked about the animosity between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, the potato famine and where he stays.

“I don’t stay at the Leland House, they can enter your room anytime they want, it’s like that hotel up on the hill there,” referring to KRCC.

He said that friends will sometimes let him stay with them when it gets too cold but he stays outside most of the time.

“I don’t really like telling people where I stay, I don’t want people hanging around too much.”

He did tell me where he was staying these days and it seemed like a good area.

“Do you feel safe here?” I asked.

“It’s a nice city, full of kind and compassionate people.”

He told me how he didn’t always like going to the mission, some of the people that also go there are too aggressive for him.

“Something about those guys, they always want to mark their territory or something.”

He talked to me about his philosophy of time. “We’ll never have yesterday again, tomorrow never really comes, people need to live each day. Don’t look back and don’t think too much about the future.”

We walked around the block together and ended up where we started.

I thanked him for allowing me to walk with him and gave him a giftcard for Cooper’s foods. I told him I would give him better compensation next time I saw him around downtown.

“Oh, don’t worry about that Joey, just chatting with you was generous enough.”

Mike O was one of the kindest men I’ve ever met.

If anyone was being generous, it was him.

Is Canada’s oil sector harming the rest of the economy? According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the evidence points to yes. In a new report, the bank has come out squarely in favour of the “Dutch Disease” theory — the not…

This article is spot on.  While the oil and gas boom has had positive economic impact for Canada, it has caused pain for other sectors.